Things to Do

What to Do This Week: September 29 to October 2

Talk First Lady fashion with Tim Gunn and check out the (e)merge Art Fair kickoff party.

Check out work by local artists at the (e)merge Art Fair, kicking off Thursday at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. The piece shown above is by Hedieh Ilchi.

Monday, September 29

DRINK: Chefs from Mason Dixie, Mandu, Buttercream Bakeshop, Beuchert’s Saloon, Brabo, Sona Creamery, Lost Society, and Tico will be at the Gryphon’s Chefs Behind Bars event tonight, at which they’ll make custom cocktails instead of food. Admission gets you a drink from each chef and food from the Gryphon—proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry. Tickets ($40) are available online. 6 PM.

Tuesday, September 30

ADVICE: The Washington Post’s premier advice columnist, Carolyn Hax, will be at the Museum of Natural History to answer all your health and genetics questions at the closing ceremony of the “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” exhibition (which, if you haven’t seen it already, is well worth the trip). Hax will be joined by NIH genetic counselor Barbara Biesecker and Johns Hopkins geneticist David Valle. Free. 6:45 PM.

FASHION: Over at the National Archives, Project Runway’s Tim Gunn is hosting “First Ladies’ Fashion,” a panel on how presidential wives’ style has changed throughout the years. Free. 7 PM.

Wednesday, October 1

COMEDY: Brightest Young Things’ annual Bentzen Ball comedy festival happens this weekend, and kicks things off with an amazing lineup of funny people at the Lincoln Theatre. See Tig Notaro, Jeff Garlin, Drunk History’s Kyle Kinane, Last Comic Standing’s Ben Kronberg, and Kate Berlant from IFC’s Comedy Drop. Tickets ($30) are available online. 7 PM.

Thursday, October 2

ART: The annual (e)merge Art Fair opens at Capitol Skyline Hotel with a concert by the pool featuring live music, deejays, and lots of drinks. For two hours, you’ll get to explore the fair, which is DC’s (much smaller) answer to Miami’s Art Basel. Hotel rooms will be converted into galleries; last time, the basement was taken over, too. Tickets ($45) are available online. 7 PM.

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